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Old 9th January 2014, 11:00 AM   #29
Jens Nordlunde
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Originally Posted by bhushan_lawate
Hi All,

My two cents..!!!

Jamdhar -- originated from the Sanskrit word "Yama Daunstra" literally meeting tooth of Yama -- God of Death

Katar -- is a distorted form of "Kattarak" in Sanskrit -- which means a weapon carried on waist belts. This was used as a dress dagger in the Indian peninsula for a long time similar to the likes of Chillanum or Pesh Kabz.

I can't find anything at the moment to show how these words distorted and came into vogue.

It is interesting to see how many suggestions we have here, but to my opinion the suggestion Bhushan gives is the most plausible.
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